This vegan pound cake is an experiment gone right. I’m not very experienced in gluten-free baking, and there is a Lemon Pound Cake, but I wanted to try something new. Also try other delicious cakes, such as Vegan Carrot Cake and Orange Almond Cake.

Vegan Pound Cake

For this vegan pound cake recipe, I had to research the benefits of each popular type of gluten-free flour, and picking the mix of ingredients that I believed would closest resemble classic pound cake. I found this absolutely delicious mix, and couldn’t be more proud.

This cake tastes better the next day, making it the perfect dessert for your entertaining needs this holiday or season, or indeed anytime. However, I do not recommend freezing vegan cakes as it can make them dry. It can stay at room temperature for a few days in an airtight container, or you can freeze it.

What’s In Vegan Pound Cake?

Flaxseed Nutrition Facts

Flaxseeds are sprinkled with quite an assortment of vitamins and minerals, along with being a great source of fiber and fats. 

However, their most notable claim to fame is the sheer amount of omega-3 fatty acids that they contain, which is usually found in fish and is quite rare to find from plant-based sources.

This makes them come very high on my list of important foods for every vegan pantry.

Moreover, they can produce a wonderful gel that is the perfect egg substitute for any recipes that require a binding agent. You can find ground flaxseeds in most of my baked goods, savory or sweet. 

Alpha-linolenic acid, the particular amino acid that flaxseed has plenty of, is important for your heart health since it helps prevent clogged arteries and high cholesterol.

What Is Vegan Butter?

Vegan butter is a plant-based dairy-free butter alternative that resembles, tastes like butter. It is made with oils, natural emulsifiers, and plant-based milk instead of traditional dairy cream and emulsifiers. 

How To Make Pound Cake?

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a loaf pan and line with parchment paper as demonstrated in the picture, so you can just lift the cake out when it is finished. 
  2. Add non-dairy milk to a bowl, then add the lemon juice and give it a quick stir. It should curdle after a few seconds. Set aside.
  3. Use a strainer or flour sifter and sift the gluten-free flour, cornstarch, ground flaxseeds, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. Whisk until the ingredients are fully combined.
  4. Using a beater or stand mixer, beat butter until fluffy. Next, add sugar and beat until fully incorporated.
  5. Then add vegan buttermilk and vanilla extract, and beat until combined again.
  6. Add in the dry mixture in batches, beating in between.
  7. Add to loaf pan and place in the oven for 50-60 minutes, when an inserted toothpick or knife comes out clean. Cover with foil if the pound cake is brown after 45 minutes.
  8. Let cool in the loaf pan for 30 minutes. Pull out pound cake using parchment paper, and place on a wire rack (preferably with paper towels or a kitchen towel underneath to catch any glaze that drips down).
  9. Drizzle with glaze and let excess drip off. Serve or keep at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the freezer wrapped in plastic wrap or parchment paper, foil, and a freezer bag for 3 months. 

Tips For Making Pound Cake:

  • The top may not become as brown as you may be used to seeing in-pound cakes containing gluten, so you may not want to use your eyes to know when it is done.
  • If you decide to freeze this cake, I’d recommend leaving it unglazed. When you’re ready to serve, defrost overnight then heat in the oven for 10 minutes, then add a glaze.
  • For lemon or orange glaze, omit the extract and use lemon/orange juice in place of milk. You can also add one teaspoon of zest for a stronger flavor

Why Is Pound Cake Called Pound Cake?

Traditionally pound cake was made with a pound of flour, a pound of butter, a pound of sugar, and a pound of eggs. More on the history of pound cake here!

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vegan pound cake topped with raspberries and vanilla cream

Vegan Pound Cake

This gluten-free vegan pound cake with a vanilla glaze is a delicious staple for any entertaining needs or for after family dinner. It is a delicious classic that goes perfectly with every meal.
5 from 13 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegan pound cake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 268kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Vegan Buttermilk

  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons ground golden flaxseeds
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Vegan Butter softened (or semi-solid coconut oil)
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Vanilla Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups organic powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon non-dairy milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or any other flavor of choice

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350. Spray a loaf pan and line with parchment paper as demonstrated in the picture, so you can just lift the cake out when it is finished.

Prepare Vegan Buttermilk

  • Add non-dairy milk to a bowl, then add the lemon juice and give it a quick stir. It should curdle after a few seconds. Set aside.

Combine Dry Ingredients

  • Use a strainer or flour sifter and sift the gluten-free flour, cornstarch, ground flaxseeds, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. Whisk until the ingredients are fully combined.
  • Using a beater or stand mixer, beat butter until fluffy. Add sugar and beat until fully incorporated.
  • Add vegan buttermilk and vanilla extract, and beat until combined again.
  • Add in the dry mixture in batches, beating in between.
  • Add to loaf pan and place in the oven for 50-60 minutes, when an inserted toothpick or knife comes out clean. Cover with foil if the pound cake is brown after 45 minutes.
  • Let cool in the loaf pan for 30 minutes. Pull out pound cake using parchment paper, and place on a wire rack (preferably with paper towels or a kitchen towel underneath to catch any glaze that drips down).

Prepare The Glaze

  • In a bowl, whisk together the sugar, vanilla, and a small amount of liquid (such as milk or juice) until smooth. Continue whisking until the glaze reaches a smooth, pourable consistency, occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl.

Nutrition

Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 192mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 442IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 1mg